That’s D as in Dallas!
I know, you must be getting tired of hearing me going on about this, but it’s getting exciting! And scary!
I actually dragged my suitcase out from the crawlspace today. Well, my suitcases – plural. From what I’ve read on other people’s blogs, you get quite a few freebie books – I’ve heard numbers ranging from 30 to 70. The people in the US get to UPS their stuff home, but us Canucks have to worry about customs checks – tariffs/duties and GST (federal tax). So what I’ve been told is to pack my clothes in a small suitcase, then pack that small suitcase in a larger suitcase. That way when you pack to come home, you have a spare suitcase for all your swag.
Now this goes against everything I’ve learned over decades of travelling – I’ve perfected packing down so I usually can travel for ten days or more using only a small carry-on suitcase. And yet now I’m picturing me struggling along in the airport trying to drag a gigantic 26″ suitcase, a smaller carry-on one AND a laptop case when I’m only going to be gone for six days! God bless whoever put wheels on luggage; I just hope I can piggyback one to the other, or at least find a trolley and push them around.
Oh, and in packing my suitcase, I discovered a brand new pair of socks that I bought for my trip to Vancouver and Banff last year. I thought I’d lost them and wondered where they’d gone but figured I’d never see them again. Then today – Voila! there they are! Turned out I’d put them in a pocket in the suitcase I didn’t even remember was there.
I have lists (again, plural) of everything I need to pack. Like the power cord to my laptop that I forgot to take on a trip recently. That’s something I mustn’t forget. But I know I’ll forget something – I wonder what it’ll be this time?
And now come all those last minute preparations to meet up with people – both local TRW members who are going down, and members of other groups I belong to – as I try to finesse my schedule so I’m not supposed to be in six places at once.
It doesn’t help that I’ve stopped sleeping – not thinking/worrying about Dallas specifically, but my brain just won’t quit whirling – got to go grocery shopping to make sure the family has proper food, got to get make up (never wear the stuff usually), laundry will need to be done again. Should I buy another pair of blue jeans? Dang, Walmart didn’t have my favourite bra in my size, where can I find one? Okay, that’s probably just TMI. But after staying home with the kids for ten years, I don’t get a lot of stimulation. These last few days are definitely stimulating and it’s just going to get worse.
On a totally different note for Sherrilyn Kenyon lovers: She’s going to be in the Oshawa Chapters store on August 20th. I imagine she’ll be coming to Toronto and other areas in southern Ontario for booksignings, too. So keep your eyes open if you want to meet her without having to travel to Dallas.